The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer five permits to hunt bull elk in Missouri this fall with at least one permit designated for qualifying area landowners and the remaining permits for the general public. Only Missouri residents who will be at least 11 years of age by the first day of the hunt for which they are applying are eligible to apply for elk permits during the application period of May 1-31, 2022. All permits will be assigned through a random drawing.
MDC designated a nine-day archery portion running Oct. 15-23 and a nine-day firearms portion running Dec. 10-18. The five permits will be for bull elk and will be valid for both portions.
MDC will require a $10 application fee for elk-permit applicants. Those selected will then be eligible to buy a permit at a cost of $50. All elk-hunting permits, including those allocated to approved area landowners, can be used in Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon counties, except the refuge portion of Peck Ranch Conservation Area.
The allowed hunting methods for each season portion will be the same as for deer hunting. The permits will allow for the harvest of one bull elk with at least one antler being six inches or greater in length.
Draw results will be available online by July 1.
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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided funding and volunteer manpower in support of the successful restoration of wild, free-ranging elk to their historic Missouri range in 2011. Since 1991, RMEF and its partners have completed 140 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Missouri with a combined value of more than $3 million. These projects have enhanced 11,004 acres of habitat.
(Photo credit: Missouri Department of Conservation)